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Instant pot red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

Instant pot red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

Red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

As I clean out the pantry as part of my "no buy" January, I've discovered that I have an affinity for jars of curry simmer sauce. My husband and I share the chore of grocery shopping, so my guess is that we both purchased a few and neglected to use it. I love the flavor and simplicity of jarred curry sauce. You can add just about any protein source or vegetables that you have on hand. Canned diced tomatoes, chick peas, kidney beans or frozen vegetables work well in this dish. You can make this dish vegetarian or add whatever meat you have on hand. I prefer chicken if I have it. Today I made a seriously tasty meal using Aldi brand Tikka Masala sauce, red lentils and a handful of dying vegetables. I had leftover rice and some wilting cilantro that needed to be used and voila- lunch! I made this in my Instant Pot, but it could be made on the stove, too, but might take longer. Below is the recipe:
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • cutting board, chefs knife

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper any color, chopped
  • 2 peeled chopped carrots
  • 1 box frozen spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 16 oz. jar Indian simmer sauce (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Butter sauce)
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode and add the onions, peppers and carrots.
  • Sautee the vegetables for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add a box of frozen spinach, red lentils, Indian simmer sauce and 2 cups water. Stir ingredients together.
  • Close and lock Instant Pot and set to airtight position.
  • Change setting on Instant Pot to "high pressure" and set for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro.

Notes

Makes 6-8 servings. 

As I clean out the pantry as part of my “no buy” January, I’ve discovered that I have an affinity for jars of curry simmer sauce. My husband and I share the chore of grocery shopping, so my guess is that we both purchased a few and neglected to use it.

I love the flavor and simplicity of jarred curry sauce. You can add just about any protein source or vegetables that you have on hand. Canned diced tomatoes, chick peas, kidney beans or frozen vegetables work well in this dish. You can make this dish vegetarian or add whatever meat you have on hand. I prefer chicken if I have it.

Today I made a seriously tasty meal using Aldi brand Tikka Masala sauce, red lentils and a handful of dying vegetables. I had leftover rice and some wilting cilantro that needed to be used and voila- lunch! I made this in my Instant Pot, but it could be made on the stove, too, but might take longer. Below is the recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil

1/2 onion, diced

1/2 bell pepper (any color), chopped

2 peeled, chopped carrots

1 box frozen spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach

1 cup red lentils

1 (16 oz.) jar Indian simmer sauce (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Butter sauce)

2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode and add the onions, peppers and carrots.
  2. Sautee the vegetables for 5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Add a box of frozen spinach, red lentils, Indian simmer sauce and 2 cups water. Stir ingredients together.
  4. Close and lock Instant Pot and set to airtight position.
  5. Change setting on Instant Pot to “high pressure” and set for 20 minutes.
  6. Serve over rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro.

Makes 6-8 servings.

Red lentils and vegetables in curry simmer sauce

As I clean out the pantry as part of my "no buy" January, I've discovered that I have an affinity for jars of curry simmer sauce. My husband and I share the chore of grocery shopping, so my guess is that we both purchased a few and neglected to use it. I love the flavor and simplicity of jarred curry sauce. You can add just about any protein source or vegetables that you have on hand. Canned diced tomatoes, chick peas, kidney beans or frozen vegetables work well in this dish. You can make this dish vegetarian or add whatever meat you have on hand. I prefer chicken if I have it. Today I made a seriously tasty meal using Aldi brand Tikka Masala sauce, red lentils and a handful of dying vegetables. I had leftover rice and some wilting cilantro that needed to be used and voila- lunch! I made this in my Instant Pot, but it could be made on the stove, too, but might take longer. Below is the recipe:
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian

Equipment

  • Instant Pot
  • cutting board, chefs knife

Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. corn or canola oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 1/2 bell pepper any color, chopped
  • 2 peeled chopped carrots
  • 1 box frozen spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 16 oz. jar Indian simmer sauce (Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi or Butter sauce)
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to sautee mode and add the onions, peppers and carrots.
  • Sautee the vegetables for 5 minutes or until soft.
  • Add a box of frozen spinach, red lentils, Indian simmer sauce and 2 cups water. Stir ingredients together.
  • Close and lock Instant Pot and set to airtight position.
  • Change setting on Instant Pot to "high pressure" and set for 20 minutes.
  • Serve over rice or quinoa with chopped cilantro.

Notes

Makes 6-8 servings. 

@aldiusa, #aldi #curry #simmersauce #simplemeals #onepotmeal #instantpot #whatrdsdo #whatrdscook #whatrdseat

Food pun tee and swag sale! Use NY 20 & take 20% off til Jan 6th.

Food pun tee and swag sale! Use NY 20 & take 20% off til Jan 6th.

If you didn’t receive any fun tees for the holidays, now is the “thyme” to treat yoself! Sound Bites tees, totes and other swag start a conversation about food without being offensive. You won’t see “eat healthy sh*& on my tees or calm the F down. Just original, positive, creative, slightly cerebral stuff like Pearfecto! and Oh. My. Gouda. 

Wear and care when you purchase a Sound Bites item. 10% of sales go towards ending food insecurity and teaching people how to cook in Cincinnati. Last year, I donated $500 towards Cooking for the Family, Our Daily Bread, CAIN and the Free Store Food Bank. This is a passion project and labor of love for me. I always feel happy when I’m wearing a food pun tee.

Sale includes all designs online or any in inventory currently including Be Kaleful (women’s purple), Don’t despear, Praise Cheeses, This. Is. The. Wurst. and more!

Use NY20 at checkout til Jan 6th. Peas n tanks!

Lisa

Cyber Sale- use code BF20

Cyber Sale- use code BF20

While I’m not a fan of stores being open on Thanksgiving day, as a small business owner, I have to take advantage of all the Black Friday/Cyber Monday/small business madness. And- there is no shame in shopping in your PJs after a big Thanksgiving dinner!

SO- if you have “thyme” (tee hee), check out my Lettuce Beet Hunger giving program and food pun shop. I am not an artistic person in the crafty sense, but I do have a knack with words. Food is my muse. I have over 20 designs ranging from Bada Bing to We could be gyros. All designs and sayings are “clean”, meaning you won’t make your grandma blush when she reads it.

Food pun tees, totes, notecards, mugs, onesies and more make great gifts for chefs, dietitians, foodies, health coaches and really, anyone that loves to eat.

Do me a “flavor” and check them out! https://soundbitesnutrition.com/shop

Peas n tanks!

Lisa

Mocha Almond Granola with Cinnamon

Mocha Almond Granola with Cinnamon

Anyone that knows me, knows that the way to my heart is through coffee. I love the smell, taste and overall experience of it. So when given an opportunity to cook with it? I said, GAME ON!

I am taking part of a recipe contest through @purity_coffee and created a simple granola using their sample. Purity Coffee is an organic coffee that is roasted where the antioxidants in the coffee are maximized and acrylamide (a compound that is produced through the roasting process), is minimized. The beans are also tested for pesticides and other contaminants and beans are selected when they do not contain these impurities.

Traditional granola can be fairly high in fat and sugar. Recipes often use coconut oil, brown or white sugar and/or honey. I opted for a few tablespoons of maple syrup and added mini chocolate chips at the end for sweetness. Below is my recipe.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup whole bean Purity coffee, coursely ground

2 cups rolled oats

1/4 cup dry quinoa

3/4 cup almond slivers

2 tsp. cinnamon

3 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/4 cup canola oil

1/4 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the ground coffee, rolled oats, quinoa, almond slivers and cinnamon in a large bowl and combine together.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the maple syrup and canola oil.A
  4. Add the maple syrup mixture to the rolled oat blend and toss to coat
  5. Spread a single layer of the mixture on a parchment paper lined baking sheet
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir and bake an additional 15 minutes until oats and quinoa are toasted.
  7. Let cool for 2-30 minutes, then add the chocolate chips in.

Makes 6 servings.

@purity_coffee @livingplate #PurityCoffeeRD #samples #recipe #contest

 

Cacao tea review

Cacao tea review

Step aside hot chocolate. There’s a new brew!

Do you ever get that mid-afternoon craving for something sweet, but don’t want to eat junk food or grab more coffee? There’s a new brew in store for you! I recently partnered with Cacao tea to try this delicious, nutritious tea.

Cacao tea (also known as chocolate or cocoa tea) is a 100% natural tea which is brewed from cacao husks (known as cacao shells). It is a loose-leaf style tea which, when steeped in boiling water, results in a delicious tea that tastes like chocolate.

Cacao husks have been used to brew cacao tea for thousands of years, starting with the ancient Mayan and Aztec civilizations up until recent time. In fact, as discussed in their article regarding the history of cacao, tea made from cacao husks was a favorite of George Washington’s wife Martha Washington, the First Lady of the United States hundreds of years ago.

Health Benefits

Cacao tea  has a delicious chocolate flavor and natural sweetness without added sugar or calories. In addition, cacao tea is gluten and dairy free. As a result, cacao tea is an excellent replacement for caffeinated tea and coffee and a great way to satisfy your chocolate cravings.

As described in detail in their article about the health benefits of cacao, cacao husks are rich in antioxidants and flavonoids, which studies have shown have a number of health benefits. In addition, cacao husks are rich in the compound theobromine, which is a mild, naturally occurring stimulant similar to caffeine with a gentle, slow-release effect.
FAQs: https://www.cacaoteaco.com/pages/faq

Brewing Instructions

Cacao tea can be made in a variety of ways depending on your preference!

To ensure that the full flavor of the cacao husks is released into your tea, we recommend using boiling water and a longer steep time. We recommend using a French press to brew 2 teaspoons of cacao tea per 250ml of boiling water. Allow the tea to steep for 6 to 8 minutes, or longer if you prefer a stronger brew.

If you don’t have a French press, it is recommended that you use a tea ball strainer or infuser. If you use this method, please ensure that the top of your cup is covered with a lid or other cover during the steeping process. For best results, the water needs to stay as hot as possible during the steeping in order to extract the best flavor from the cacao husks.

For those who enjoy very strong brews, boil 2 teaspoons of cacao tea per 250ml of boiling water on a stove for 7 to 10 minutes, or longer if you prefer an even stronger brew.

While Cacao tea has a natural delicate sweetness, you can increase the sweetness by adding your preferred sweetener to further enhance the chocolate flavors of the tea. Honey or cocoanut sugar provides an excellent complement to the flavors of cacao tea.

Cacao tea can be enjoyed either black or with any milk of your choice. Almond milk makes a delicious addition to cacao tea.

Finally, another reason I love this tea is that Cacao tea has a beautiful social mission. They donate 15% of profits to charities that supply healthy meals to families in developing countries. Support their charitable mission by mentioning them on social media! @cacaoteaco #cacaoteaco For more information, or to purchase cacao tea,check out: http://www.cacaotea.com

#sponsored #ad #cacaoteaco #samples #cacao #tea #chocolate #brew

Moscow Muled Copper Mugs review

Moscow Muled Copper Mugs review

In the cold, gray days of winter, I daydream of warm evenings on my back deck with a cool drink. I’m particularly fond of anything with notes of citrus and have developed a taste for Moscow mules because I also love the kick of ginger. Thankfully, I don’t have to wait til summer to use my new Moscow Muled mugs! I received these from the company in Canada and think they are perfect for all types of drinks.

These handcrafted mugs are great for hot AND cold beverages. The interior of the mugs is different than traditional copper mugs because they’re lined with nickel as copper reacts with acids. The handles are welded instead of riveted, making the mugs airtight and leak proof. The mugs can be used for beer, fancy cocktails, kombucha, iced tea or seltzer water. With a 16 oz. capacity, they’ll hold plenty of ice in addition to your favorite drink.

The insulated linked makes them also great for hot beverages like hot cocoa, mulled cider, herbal tea or your favorite coffee beverage. The Moscow Muled mugs are not only functional, but beautiful. They will develop a natural patina over time which can be easily cleaned with a little salt and lemon. Let the salt dissolve and lightly rub it on the mug’s surface. The patina will be naturally removed with the lemon and salt mixture. Rinse with water and dry well after cleaning.

Here is a traditional Moscow Mule Recipe:

Ingredients:

1 ½ oz. premium vodka

½ oz. fresh lime juice

½ cup ginger beer

Ice cubes

Lime wedge for garnish

Directions:

Pour vodka and lime juice into a Moscow Muled copper mug

Add ice and ginger beer and stir to combine.

Garnish and serve with lime wedges.

The copper mugs are not only functional, but beautiful. #free #samples #coppermugs #copper #mugs

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